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Where to Park – New Weekend Option This Spring

Saturdays & Sundays Through May 31

Lot at 7100 William C. Harvin – Entrance 35
Parking is $6 per car
Shuttle is free and runs continuously from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to the zoo (early birds: park in the lots outside the zoo to enter at 9 a.m.!)

New Parking at 7100 William C. Harvin – Entrance 35:

Free parking is available outside the zoo’s main entrance on Hermann Park Drive. These free parking lots are part of Hermann Park and are not owned or operated by the zoo.

On busy days, these lots can fill quickly. April and May are also field trip season as the Houston Zoo welcomes students from all over Houston for educational field trips. School buses may cause traffic congestion and limit parking options on weekday mornings; parking may be available in other Hermann Park lots.

Hermann Park Parking Areas

View the Hermann Park Conservancy’s map to see all the parking areas:
Map of Parking in Hermann Park ›
Provided by the Hermann Park Conservancy

Overflow Parking Garage

The Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Garage is located at 6400 Fannin. This garage is only available on weekends. Parking rates for weekends are $9.00 maximum.
Map to the Medical Plaza Garage ›

Directions to the Zoo

The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park adjacent to the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District. We have two entrances:

Our Main Entrance and parking lot is located at:
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030

Our Medical Center Entrance is located on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital, and is open only on weekends and major holidays. It provides convenient dropoff, pickup and pedestrian access (There is no parking at this gate).

Make sure to check traffic maps before leaving for the zoo. It’s a jungle out there.

Hours

OPEN 364 DAYS A YEAR!
CLOSED ONLY ON DECEMBER 25

Regular Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Last entry at 6:00 p.m.


Special Activity Times

Giraffe Feeding Platform: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
May close due to weather conditions and giraffe participation.

Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park
Open April 1 – October 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Naturally Wild Swap Shop
9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Reptile and Amphibian House: Opens at 10:00 a.m.

Tropical Bird House: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bug House: Opens at 9:30 a.m.

Petting Zoo: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Metro

Exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station (at Fannin and Sunset) or Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station (on Fannin between Cambridge and Ross Sterling).

A great reason to go green and ride METRO: save $2 off an adult admission and $1 off a child’s admission when you present your Q Card, METRO bus, or METRORail ticket at the zoo admission booth!


Houston B-cycle

There is a Houston B-cycle bicycle station in Hermann Park outside the zoo. Houston B-cycle is a “bike sharing” program that works as an additional transportation alternative for people living and visiting Houston. For more information visit the Houston B-cycle website.


Getting Around the Zoo

Houston Zoo Map

Need help getting around the zoo?
Print this handy map and bring it
with you, or just take a look at it.
View the Zoo Map

Download Our Zoo App

Our digital tour guide to the zoo.
Get our app and take the zoo with you.